‘Mustard seeds’ of faith foster change
When I was a youngster, one of my older sisters gave me a small pendant that contained a tiny yellow seed. The seed was, she said, a mustard seed; that if I had the faith of a mustard seed, I could move mountains.
In later years, I learned the back story to her comment. Apparently, the story goes, a man brought his son to the disciples to be healed from a seizure disorder, which they were unable to do. They asked their teacher why this was the case, to which he responded that they didn’t have enough faith; that nothing would be impossible if they had faith as small as a mustard seed.
I was thinking about that mustard seed after reading about a prayer walk that is being taken by teams from the little church on the corner, the First Christian Church pastored by the Rev. Margi Colerick, and another church down the street, the Christ First Ministries, lead by Minister Melva Jarrett.
In my memory, it is the first time two churches of such diverse backgrounds have come together in this community for a single purpose — to pray for the community: students, schools, businesses, and residents. Well. Not the first time. These two churches began a journey together on Easter when they shared the baptistery at the First Christian Church. And honey, as Frannie Fosket would say, the church rocked that day.
And on a Sunday following, Minister Melva Jarrett returned and preached from the pulpit where we are used to seeing Rev. Margi. The sermon that day was: Prayer Changes Things. And honey, that church rocked.
From those initial encounters, during which seeds were planted, has grown a united effort to expand the “missional work” of each church; to reach beyond the walls of the sanctuary into and beyond the fabric of the community.
So my friend, you may see them, in twos or threes; women, children, men; black and white, old and young — walking or standing quietly on a street corner or in a parking lot.
They will be praying for you and for me; for teachers who teach and the students who learn. They will pray for the bullies and the bullied.
They will pray for leaders of our community and those who follow them; they will pray for wisdom for each. They will pray for businesses and those who use their services.
They will pray for the hungry and the well-fed, that they may have compassion for those who are less fortunate.
There is none among us who has not or will not one day place his or her face in their hands and cry out to their creator in fear, anger, disbelief, joy, or supplication. Prayer changes things. When one prays alone, the heavens open. Where two or three are gathered together: well, honey, the heavens rock.
Come join the circle of prayer; and be changed.